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SmackDown report: Shane McMahon and Paige announce captains as road to Survivor Series continues

SmackDown report: Shane McMahon and Paige announce captains as road to Survivor Series continues

WWE returned to the Manchester Arena last night for SmackDown LIVE – and all eyes are on the big Raw SmackDown collision at Survivor Series on November 18.

Here are five things we learn from the blue brand:

  The Miz and Daniel Bryan have been named as co-captains of the SmackDown Survivor Series team

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The Miz and Daniel Bryan have been named as co-captains of the SmackDown Survivor Series team

Daniel Bryan and Miz are co-captains at Survivor Series

Paige and Shane McMahon kicked off the show by announcing the captain of the men's Survivor Series will be Daniel Bryan.

Shane – fresh off his rubbish World Cup win at Crown Jewel – was pissed heavily by the crowd. Shane at least acknowledged that it's not in fact "best in the world".

But The Miz limped out to complain. Miz had reached the World Cup final before sustaining an ankle injury. He said he should be the team captain.

  But the feuding duo look like they are going to struggle to co-exist

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But the feuding duo look like they are going to struggle to co-exist
  There was big news for The New Day and The Usos

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There was big news for The New Day and The Usos

Paige and Shane quickly conferred and Bryan and Miz would be co-captains of the men's team at Survivor Series.

(Fun fact: the teams at Survivor Series 1988 had co-captains, including Hulk Hogan and Macho Man, and Brutus Beefcake and Ultimate Warrior).

Bryan and Miz bickered and set matches the other team members – Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio, and Samoa Joe.

Joe had to beat Jeff Hardy to earn his spot, but it ended up in chaos as Bryan fought with Joe and Miz post-match and equally threw Shane around. Will it be chaos at Survivor Series too?

The New Day and Usos will join forces at Survivor Series

In more Survivor Series drama, The New Day battled The Usos, with the winners being named captains of the tag teams elimination match.

Despite the shenanigans from The New Day, The Usos had the win when Jimmy hi Kofi with a second-rope power-bomb and big splash.

But The Usos is the New Day to join their team at Survivor Series.

The old rivals hugged it out to seal the deal.

  Nikki Cross made her main roster debut as she confronted Becky Lynch

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Nikki Cross made her main roster debut as she confronted Becky Lynch

Nikki Cross has arrived on SmackDown

Becky Lynch came out to respond to Ronda Rousey's promo on Raw.

It was typically ace stuff. Becky said she's not coming to Survivor Series for Ronda's respect, but for Ronda's arm.

Becky got herself fired up and demanded a challenge from the back.


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But there was a surprise for the champ when SAnitY arrived (remember them ?!) and brought out their former NXT partner Nikki Cross.

The crowd popped up for the Scottish pint-sized loony and she put up a good fight – but eventually she tapped to Becky's Dis-Arm-Her.

Let's hope Nikki – a solid worker and character – gets better treatment on the main roster than SAnitY, who have barely been on TV since joining SmackDown.

  The Irish LassKicker overcame her shock at Cross' appearance to make her tap out

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The Irish LassKicker overcame her shock at Cross' appearance to make her tap out

Randy Orton has his sights on Rey Mysterio

Rey took on Andrade "Cien" Almas in a match to see if Rey would join the men's Survivor Series team.

Almas put on an impressive display, matching Rey for speed and innovative moves. Mysterio got the win with a 619 and springboard splash.

But the celebrations were short-lived – Randy Orton slithered into the ring and nailed Rey with his patented RKO outta nowhere.

Rey had defeated Orton in the World Cup at Crown Jewel, prompting Orton to give Rey a savage post-match beating.

And it seems "The Viper" is not finished with Mysterio – the masked superstar is the latest target in Orton's pledge to destroy all of WWE's heroes.

  Randy Orton has set sights on Rey Mysterio after brutally attacking the star

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Randy Orton has set sights on Rey Mysterio after brutally attacking the star

The women's Survivor Series team has been picked

Paige returned to the ring to reveal each SmackDown at Survivors.

She Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka, and Charlotte Flair – except Mandy Rose came out instead of Charlotte.

Rose asked why her partner Sonya Deville had been chosen for the team about herself – especially after Mandy had controversially eliminated Sonya in the Evolution battle royal.

Mandy then proceeded to join each of the other team members, who ended in a brawl when Mandy took a swipe at Naomi's marriage to Jimmy Uso.

It looks like Mandy Rose is getting a push as a bitchy whole. Expect to start feuding with soon-to-be-ex partner Sonya Deville very soon.

  Mandy Rose finally appears to be getting a push from WWE

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Mandy Rose finally appears to be getting a push from WWE

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